Earlier this month the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the redesigned Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD) will be issued beginning May 1, 2017. The redesign is part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project, which incorporates enhanced security features. … Read More
Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was honored as one of the 2016 New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel® in recognition of the outstanding contribution of performing 50 or more hours of free legal services to low income individuals.
Launched in 2006 by then Association President Mark H.… Read More
Last week, we reported of the White House Executive Orders that restricted the ability of individuals across the globe to enter the United States. On Tuesday, February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington entered an order temporarily halting the implementation of several provisions of the Executive Order. The order takes an approach that extends its reach across the United States.… Read More
Effective today, December 23, 2016, filing fees for numerous requests for immigration benefits before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increased.
USCIS has confirmed that any application or petition bearing a postmark of December 22, 2016 or earlier, no matter when it is ultimately received for filing, will be accepted with the old fees.
For informational purposes only, the following link has a comparison of the of fees before and after December 23, 2016.… Read More
Don’t Panic, Get Informed.
Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump pledged to crack down on immigration, deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and change deportation enforcement priorities. Although President-Elect Trump’s campaign website support these ideas, the timing and scope of any changes to current policies are unclear.
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There is frequently controversy regarding the effects that immigration might have on unemployment rates, especially when a large section of the population is struggling financially. News of corporations seeking H‑1B visas erroneously advances the idea that employers actively recruit foreign workers rather than hire native-born ones. However, there is no link between immigration rates and unemployment patterns. This is due to job market demographics and the benefits immigrants bring to communities.… Read More
With discussion of immigration appearing frequently in the news media, and given the tenor of coverage of related issues, it’s no surprise that disagreement and debate have come to encompass nearly every corner of immigration law in some way or another. But an ongoing case that’s playing out in federal court in Seattle may be poised to take the debate surrounding the rights of children in removal proceedings to the next level.… Read More